Rice with Green Lentils,Raisins and Dates – Persian Style – Adas Polo. This is another Persian classic recipe that seldom needs further introduction. The ingredients are available all year long. There are many, many variations of this recipe; some recipes, like this one, are meatless, some use lamb, others use beef, some employ a different mix of spices – the variations are… endless.
This recipe for Morrocan for Potatoes with Fennel and Celery can be a starter, or a salad, or a main meal. There’s no rule. Enjoy! 🙂
Hot or cold, the Turkish Red Lentil Soup is a good one. It is nutritious too. Using vegetable broth/stock turns the recipe to vegetarian and vegan. Enjoy!
Tahini Sauce is used with fish, or as a salad dressing, or as a roasted vegetables dressing.
A dairy-less, meatless, satisfying and comforting one-pot recipe from India. Enjoy!
Tahini halva with lemon juice and cinnamon is one of the simplest and most delicious vegetarian or vegan desserts one can ever have any day (and probably anytime). Enjoy!
Potato Salad with Olive Oil, Capers, Parsley and Pickles . Another hearty and healthy classic potato salad recipe from the European South. Omitting wine makes it Halal and also Lenten. Can be had as a main dish, or as a side dish – your choice. Enjoy!
Vegetable Stew with Potatoes, Eggplants, Zucchini and Peppers. A clean, nice vegetarian and vegan recipe for a Summer vegetable stew. Can be served hot, warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Lebanese Crispy Pita Bread with Sumak . Resembling the Italian Pizza Contadina (the farmer’s pizza) the Lebanese use this Pita Bread with sumak as a side dish to scoop up juice or dips, or even as a snack for “that” time of day. It is easy to make and easier to savour. Enjoy!
Korean Garlic Chive Salad. It can be savoured as a salad or a side dish, preferably with grilled beef, dumpling soups or Bibimbap (mixed rice) during the summer. It tastes of garlic and onion and it is served at room temperature. Enjoy!
How to Make Vegetable Stock. A vegetable stock is nothing more than vegetables simmered in a very low fire for some time, so that the veggies release all their essence and flavours in the liquid. It can be made as complicated as one can make it – there’s no rule here. We present a basic vegetable stock recipe that – we believe – will serve you well.
“Advieh” means spice in Persian / Iranian language. It is a spice mixture used in Iranian / Persian cuisine.
How to desalt olives. Olives are NOT meant to be eaten straight out of the brine (as many of us do). The way to desalt them is rather simple:
Olive Tapenade. A classic olive spread for dipping and nibbling. Can’t go wrong with this one. 🙂
How to make Busiate pasta.
Lentils with Rice and Caramelized Onions, going by the name of Mujadara in the Middle East and Egypt and Fakoryzo in Greece, is a popular, humble and nutritious staple “recipe of the poor”.
The Egyptian Fava Bean Stew or Fuul as a staple food is probably as old as Egypt. There are many variations (of course). We present an ultra-classic Fuul recipe as a basis – and then you’re free to change the flavour and/or add the topings of your choice.
How to Prepare Rice for Cooking. There are many ways to cook rice – as you can imagine. This is the way they prepare rice for cooking in Iran (Persia).
The potato salad is common in Israel, Greece and their respective diaspora. This is simple, fast, hearty and healthy recipe served either as salad or a side dish. Enjoy! !
Vegan Eggplant and Tahini Dip – Baba Ghanouj. This is the vegan / lenten version of Lebanese style Baba Ghanouj.
Spicy Mango Sauce for a meal or party dip. Tasty and healthy too! Enjoy!
Lentil Stew with Swiss Chard and Lemon. A well known traditional Winter stew (or thick soup) from Lebanon.
One of many potato recipes, this one goes very well with stews.
How to cut and core fennel bulbs. (Not so… obvious. 🙂 )
Spinach with Rice and Lemon is a Greek traditional classic dish everyone cooks at home, often, (No, you will not find at a Greek restaurant anywhere in North America unless it’s a simple Cookery that actually knows what it’s doing. 🙂 )
Fresh Tomato Sauce for Pasta or Dip. Equally good as a pasta sauce or dip. Your choice. 🙂
Fresh Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing for Salads. As you might already know, olive oil and lemon are often combined together either as salad dressing or as cooking ingredients. This recipe is about a salad dressing.
Lima Beans with Spinach in the Oven. This is a traditional recipe from Greece’s North West, a region called Epirus. It is highly nutritional, very healthy and a complete meal on its own. Omitting feta cheese turns it to vegan.
Vegetables in the Oven. This is a Greek summer classic recipe amounting to … throwing cut vegetables in a pan, sticking it in an oven and doing something else while the food is cooking. (Yes, that difficult. 🙂
Chickpeas in the Oven. A yet another Greek traditional cuisine, or Mediterranean cuisine, classic recipe that can be cooked during the summer, winter or whenever (legumes last for a long time!)